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TAIT, John Robinson, artist, born in Cincinnati, Ohio, 14 January, 1834. He was graduated at Bethany college, Virginia, in 1852, after which he went to Europe, remaining for three years. At this time he devoted himself mainly to literature, sketching and painting as an amateur. He published "Dolce Far Niente" (Philadelphia, 1859), and "European Life, Legend, and Landscape" (1860). In 1859 he went abroad again, and studied at Dusseldorf under August Weber and Andreas Achenbach until about 1871. He received the first-class medals at the Cincinnati industrial exhibition in 1871 and 1872. In 1873 he made a third visit to Europe, working for several years its the Tyrol and in Munich, under Adolf Lier and Hermann Baisch. In 1871 he returned to the United States, and since 1876 he has resided in Baltimore. As a member of the committee of the second Cincinnati exposition, he designed the art hall. His works include "Siebengebirge" (1865) ; "Lake of Wallenstadt " and "Meyringer" (1866); "Lake of Four Cantons " (1866), in the Cincinnati art museum ; "Norwegian Waterfall" (1869) ; " Solitude "(1871) ; "A Rainy Day " (1874) ; " Under the Willows" ; "Vesper Hour" and "Tyro-lean Cottage," both exhibited at the salon (1876); and "Noon" (1877). His "Crossing the Brook" and "Landscape and Cattle" were at the Centennial exhibition, Philadelphia. He has contributed to magazines, and has written a comedy in German, "Ein aufrichtiger Heirathsgesuch."
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